BEST OF THE WEST: KABUTO NOODLES, BATH ALES, ORDOO

It’s that time again, where we pay homage to the good things happening at businesses based in the South West.

We’ve always had a diverse and rich food and drink scene in this neck of the woods, and this month’s BOTW has a culinary theme. Not intentional, as it happens! These three brands simply caught our eye for all the right reasons.

KABUTO NOODLES

Kabuto Noodles are up there with our favourite brands ever to emerge from this part of the world. In fact, they’re one of our favourite brands full stop.

Not only are they passionate followers of all things ninja (!), but more importantly the Bristol-based company’s ‘posh pot noodles’ are absolutely delicious – a sentiment that easyjet agreed with when they were revamping their in-flight menus recently, and decided to offer Kabuto products.

Great news for the company launched by entrepreneur Crispin Busk, who built up his culinary business acumen at legendary piemakers (and previous BOTW-featured brand) Pieminister.

Last year Crispin revealed the prospect of Kabuto launching into the Chinese market. Our directors were born in Beijing, and I can vouch for the fact that they are big Kabuto fans. So they’ve passed the authenticity test as far as we’re concerned!

BATH ALES

We love a good ale here at Ready, and Bath Ales are on a par with the finest around. If you’re a fellow ale fan, but haven’t had a Gem before (their classic tipple), we’d urge you to seek one out pronto.

Following their acquisition by St Austell Brewery last year, it was announced last month that Bath Ales is set to double brewing capacity with the construction of a brand new state-of-the-art brewery at their site in Warmley, south Gloucestershire.

Twice as many Bath Ales ales to get stuck into? There are only nine of us, but that sounds like a challenge worth accepting.

Bath Ales have a number of their own establishments, including Graze, a wonderful microbrewery and steakhouse right by Bath Spa station.

If you’re passing through, give us a shout – we’re just down the road. Any excuse for a Gem!

ORDOO

Ordoo is an app that allows users to skip queues at bars, cafes and coffee shops by ordering ahead.

It is the brainchild of Bath-based entrepreneur Tom Dewhurst, who spotted a gap in the market for a tech-based solution to the age-old problem of waiting ages for food and drink.

It’s a great idea, and we were delighted to hear that Tom was recently recognised for his achievements in bringing the app to market by being named as ‘one to watch’ at a House of Commons entrepreneur event.

A clever addition to the Ordoo business model is the ability for businesses to offer loyalty schemes for customers who order through the app.

Skip the queue, remove the need to faff around with cash, and get rewards for doing it? What’s not to love?!